Smithsonian Journey to the Amazon..
08 October 2015
I am honoured to have been appointed a 'Smithsonian Journeys' speaker - a prestigious tie-in with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. As a result, I have now been booked for two exciting cruises from Miami in November 2016 on boartd the delightful 700-passenger, all balcony ship Seven Seas Mariner. The first, called Towering Palms & Lush Islands is an 11 night cruise, departing Miami on 15th November 2016 and visiting Key West in Florida, Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, Santo Tomas de Castilla in Guatemala, Roatan in Honduras, Belize, and finally George Town in the Cayman Islands. They're all new ports to me, so I'll have to work hard to earn my keep on that one! For more about the cruise, go here.
The second is called Villages of the Amazon and it's a 25 nights trip departing from Miami on 26th November 2016. It will be a super opportunity to revisit all my favourite Amazon ports, Santarem, the amazing Boca da Valeria, Manaus of course, Parintins and Alter de Chao. On the way south we call at St Barts, St Lucia, Grenada and Trinidad, and on the way back north Devil's Island in French Guiana, Barbados, Antigua and Puerto Rico. Full details of that cruise are here.
Alaska at last!..
20 August 2015
After several attempts, we are delighted to have finally been booked for our first cruise in Alaska. MAJESTIC BEAUTY on board the rather luxurious Oceania cruise ship, Regatta, sails from Seattle on Friday 15th July, up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Wrangell and Juneau in Alaska, then past the Hubbard Glacier, to Haines and Sitka in Alaska. We then return via the Outside Passage to Victoria in Canada and back to Seattle on Monday 25th July. Visit my CRUISE BOOKINGS page for more on that cruise.
Michael has also been invited onto a really exciting cruise in April/May 2016 that will also take in Alaska, plus exciting places like the Kamchatka Peninsula, sailing from Tokyo, but that awaits confirmation. We'll post details here if and when this booking is confirmed.
Joining the 'Minerva' Team..
30 July 2015
We are thrilled to have been invited to join the highly regarded team of guest speakers onboard Swan Hellenic's delightful ship Minerva in June/July 2016. It will mean a return trip to the White Sea for Michael (and another opportunity to watch those elusive white whales called Belugas). Hidden White Sea and Norse Discovery leaves from Kirkenes in Norway on Tuesday 23rd June 2016, we sail round to the White Sea for visits to Arkhangelsk and the fascinating Solovestsky Islands, then back to Murmansk in Russia, Leknes on the Lofoten Islands, Trondheim, Ålesund and our first visits to both Florø and Haugesund in Norway, before returning to Portsmouth on Sunday 10th July.
First 2017 booking..
06 May 2015
We are very excited to have been booked by Voyages of Discovery for our first cruise in 2017. We had to cancel our engagement on the CAPE TO CANARIES cruise in 2015 because of Sue's ill health, so we are delighted that we have been invited to speak on a repeat of this very successful cruise which was a sell-out first time round. It starts in Cape Town on 1st April 2017 and sails via Luderitz and Walvis Bay in Namibia, St Helena, Ascension, Mindelo in the Cape Verde islands and Las Palmas on Gran Canaria and ends in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on 22nd April 2017. It will be some time before this cruise is advertised, but we will post a link to the Voyages of Discovery website once it is confirmed.
South American Exploration 2016..
20 March 2015
We are delighted to have been appointed as speakers on an extremely choice cruise in March 2106 by one of our favourite companies, Voyages of Discovery. "South American Exploration" on board "Voyager" begins in Cartagena, Columbia on 12th March 2106 and visits the San Blas Islands before a transit of the extraordinary Panama Canal. After a day at Flamenco Island for Panama City, "Voyager" then sails south to Manta in Ecuador and Callao in Peru, then returns north again via Salaverry in Peru to Guayaquil in Ecuador, where the cruise ends on 28th March. From there, passengers can book an optional 4-night extension on a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Having visited these coasts before, we know how rich these waters are for seabirds and cetaceans, thanks to the Humboldt Current, and look forward to all the excitement of exploring them again. We'd love to meet up with old friends from previous trips on board "Voyager". Full details are on my Cruise Bookings page as usual.